A treatment takes about 45 – 50 minutes and is ideal for everyone, from the new-born to the elderly. There is no manipulation or adjustment of hard tissue, and force is not used or needed.
Bowen can be particularly effective for muscular, soft tissue and skeletal problems. Conditions which respond well include:
neck and back pain
sprains, strains and injuries
emotional problems – and many more
Bowen Therapy is a form of bodywork, using rolling moves over muscles and tendons, directly onto skin or through light clothing.
Thumbs and fingers are used over precise points on the body, gently stimulating the fascia which connects to muscles, bones, tendons and ligaments.
A treatment consists of small sets of moves with breaks in-between. During these breaks the practitioner may leave the room for a few minutes. This is to allow the body to rest and respond to the moves - giving the body an opportunity to make those subtle adjustments which relieve tension, reduce pain and promote healing.
The gentle moves of a Bowen treatment send signals that stimulate energy flow, aid lymphatic drainage, promote circulation, release muscular tension and increase mobility.
Treatments are usually a week apart. Acute conditions may respond immediately, while chronic conditions can take longer; however, after the third treatment there should be significant improvement.
Regular follow-ups are beneficial for health maintenance. With Bowen, sports players may heal more quickly and are less likely to re-injure.
Bowen Therapy was developed by Tom Bowen in Australia in the 1950s. He was a healer, and could feel the vibration of the muscles, telling him where to make subtle moves.